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Dr Amnon Aran

Snr Lecturer in International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences , Department of International Politics

Contact Information


Visit Amnon

D506, Rhind Building


Postal Address

City University London
Northampton Square



Dr Aran joined the Department in September 2009. He was previously a Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Aran has also contributed to policy-making forums through his work with the European Union's Middle East Peace Task Force, ETN Zurich, Oxford Analytica, and he has commentated on Middle Eastern affairs for the BBC, Bloomberg and CCTV. His book - Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches - was recently published by Routledge. Dr Aran has also published in academic journals such as International Affairs, and International Politics.

Media contributions

Dr Aran has extensive experience in written, radio and television media commentary.


Dr Aran's main research interests lie in the international relations of the Middle East, with special reference to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the foreign policy of Middle Eastern states.

His work also engages with International Relations theory, particularly foreign policy analysis and globalisation.

PhD Supervision

Dr Aran welcomes PhD supervision on the following topics:

- Israel
- The Palestinians
- The Arab-Israeli conflict
- The foreign policy of Middle Eastern States
- Foreign Policy Analysis.

Research Students

Efrat Sopher (In conjunction with the LSE)
Thesis title
Israeli Foreign Policy towards Iran before the 1979 Revolution
Mr. Gadi Yishayahu
Thesis title
Decision-Making in Crisis and Information Overload
Miranda Crowdus
Thesis title
Building the House Anew with Trans-National Musical Collaborations: Music Communities, Politics and Social Protest in the Tel-Aviv Yafo Underground
Mr Hisham Sabbag
Thesis title
The role of US mediation in the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations
Ms Shelly Gotfried
Thesis title
The rise of oligarchs in Israel
Ms Leonie Fleischman
Thesis title
The Israeli peace movement
Mr Pietro De-Perini
Thesis title
The impact of intercultural dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Journal Article (5)

  1. Aran, A. and Ginat, R. (2014). Revisiting Egyptian Foreign Policy towards Israel under Mubarak: From Cold Peace to Strategic Peace. Journal of Strategic Studies. doi: 10.1080/01402390.2014.923766
  2. Aran, A. (May 2012). Arbitrating the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute: A riposte. International Politics, 49(3), 388-391. doi: 10.1057/ip.2012.2
  3. Aran, A. (Jul 2012). Containment and territorial transnational actors: Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas. International Affairs, 88(4), 835-855.
  4. Aran, A. (Oct 2012). Israel and the Arab Uprisings: A Provisional Analsysis. RUSI Journal, 157(5), 56-61.
  5. Aran, A. (Nov 2011). Foreign policy and globalization theory: The case of Israel. International Politics, 48(6), 707-730. doi: 10.1057/ip.2011.26

Book (4)

  1. Alden, C. and Aran, A. (01 Jan 2012). Conclusion New directions in foreign policy analysis. Routledge.
  2. Alden, C. and Aran, A. (2011). Foreign policy analysis: New approaches. London: Routledge. ISBN: 0415427983.
  3. Aran, A. (2009). Israel's foreign policy towards the PLO. Sussex: Sussex Academic Press.
  4. Aran, A. (). Israeli Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War. Cambrdige University Press (Under contract, forthcoming).

Chapter (2)

  1. Aran, A. (2013). ‘Israeli Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective’.. (Ed.), Israel's Clandestine Diplomacies London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press.
  2. Aran, A. (2012). Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Towards a New Diplomatic Engagement?. (Ed.), Europe and the Middle East: The Hour of the EU? New York: Peter Lang.

Conference (24)

  1. Aran, A. Israel as a Cusp State. International Collaboration British Academy funded project, on the Cusp conference, Apr 2012, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
  2. Aran, A. Briefing to Deputy Minister, Alistair Burt. The MEPP in the wake of contemporary developments, Mar 2013,
  3. Aran, A. The Second Lebanon War: A Turning Point in Israeli Foreign policy?. Nov 2009, SOAS.
  4. Aran, A. Israel and the Arab Uprisings: A Provisional Analysis. Nov 2012, FCO.
  5. Aran, A. Israel’s Foreign Policy towards the PLO: The Impact of Globalization. Book Launch, Nov 2009, Department of International Politics, City University.
  6. Aran, A. Israel amid the Arab Uprisings. Nov 2011, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  7. Aran, A. From Containment to Deterrence? Israel’s Policy towards Hamas and Hezbollah since 2000. BISA Conference, Dec 2009,
  8. Aran, A. After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?. May 2012, LSE.
  9. Aran, A. The Second Lebanon War Revisited.. Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, Feb 2010, The School of Literatures, Languages, Cultures, University of Edinburgh.
  10. Aran, A. The Middle East and the Arab Uprisings. British Ministry of Defence lecture series, May 2013,
  11. Aran, A. The EU and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Towards a New Engagement?. Forum Académique sur la Sécurité en Europre, Mar 2010, Strasbourgh.
  12. Aran, A. Israel and Hamas after the War in Gaza. The EU and the Middle East Peace Process Task Force, Apr 2009, Paris.
  13. Aran, A. Israel’s foreign policy since 1948. Jan 2011, London School of Economics.
  14. Aran, A. Israel: Navigating the challenges of the Democracy. Dec 2011, Chatham House.
  15. Aran, A. Beyond Security: Israeli Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective. Mar 2011, Kings College London.
  16. Aran, A. From Cold Peace to Strategic Peace? Egyptian Foreign Policy towards Israel under Mubarak, 1981-2011. BRISMES Conference, Mar 2012, LSE.
  17. Aran, A. Containing Transterritorial Actors: Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas. Apr 2011, British International Study Association.
  18. Aran, A. Containment and non-State Actors. Polis, Oct 2012, University of Cambridge.
  19. Aran, A. Israel’s Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective. 2011, Trondheim, Norway.
  20. Aran, A. From Cold peace to strategic peace? Egyptian Foreign Policy towards Israel under Mubarak. Feb 2013, Warwick University, University of Haifa.
  21. Aran, A. The scope and nature of Israel studies in Europe. Jun 2011, Italian Middle East Study Association.
  22. Aran, A. Israel and the Arab Uprisings: Two Years On. May 2013, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  23. Aran, A. Containment and territorial transnational actors: Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas. Jun 2011, British Middle East Study Association, Exeter.
  24. Aran, A. Rethinking Egyptian Foreign Policy towards Israel. British International Studies Association, Jun 2013,

Report (8)

  1. Aran, A. (Jun 2012). Israel and the Arab Uprisings.
  2. Aran, A. (Jul 2011). Keeping a Balance? Explaining Israel’s Defence and Social Welfare Expenditure in Historical Perspective. Seoul: Asia House.
  3. Aran, A. (Mar 2010). Between Palestine and Iran: Saudi-Arabia and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
  4. Aran, A. (Oct 2009). The Israeli Palestinian Impasse in Strategic Update.
  5. Aran, A. (May 2009). ‘Paradigmatic Progress in Israel-Palestine?’ in International Relations and Security Network.
  6. Aran, A. (Mar 2008). Israel and the Palestinians after Annapolis.
  7. Aran, A. (Nov 2007). The Arab Peace Initiative: The Political Implications for the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
  8. Aran, A. Coming Full Circle in Gaza.


- The International Politics of the Middle East (IP3008, BSc module)
- The International Politics of the Middle East (IPM018, MSc module)
- Theories and Research Strategies in International Politics (IP2011)

Other Activities

Events/Conferences Attended (3)

  • Round-table on the Middle East, RUSI Nov 2009, Invited Expert
  • Forum on BBC’s media coverage of the Middle East, House of Lords, London May 2010, Invited Expert
  • EU task force for peace in the Middle East, Paris Jun 2010, Invited expert

Other Activities (1)

  • Member of the European Association of Israel Studies Steering Committee